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Sao Paulo (AFP)
The Brazilian club Sao Paulo announced the dismissal of its Argentine coach, former international striker Hernan Crespo, against the background of the team’s poor results.
The 46-year-old Crespo took over the team’s technical duties last February, three weeks after he led his humble compatriot FC Defensa e Justicia to win the Sudamericana competition.
Sao Paulo confirmed in a statement that the two parties had reached a “mutual agreement after negotiations between the coach and members of the Tricolori club.”
Crespo began his duties in the country of samba under the leadership of Sao Paulo to win the state title last May, ending 9 years of fasting for the club’s titles.
However, things took a different turn for the former AC Milan and Chelsea striker at the start of the Brazilian League this season, as Sao Paulo’s performance coincided with his exit from the Copa Libertadores competition, parallel to the European Champions League.
Sao Paulo was also dealt a severe blow after its veteran defender Dani Alves decided last September to leave the club following a dispute over unpaid sums of money.
Sao Paulo fell into a draw in its last five matches, dropping its ranking to 13th in the local league, only 3 points ahead of the first relegated to the second division, 14 rounds before the end.
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